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Professor Brings Innovative Program in Adolescent Drug Abuse Research Education to NAU

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A grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding an innovative, experiential learning program at Northern Arizona University that has successfully trained dozens of students in specialized research methods in the area of adolescent drug abuse.The program is offered through the University of South Florida’s Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse (ITRE).

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New Psychoactive Substances Challenge Detection

Anyone who walked into Monday’s morning symposium, “Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Emergency Toxicology” thinking that NPS are not a growing threat to public health were quickly disavowed of that notion. Speakers Jennifer Colby, PhD, and Kai Li, MD, described various compounds, including the drug U-47700, which is a synthetic super-opioid that causes extreme euphoria and respiratory depression, frequently leading to adverse effects, including death.

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Two Innovative Methods Could Help to Predict Flu Outbreaks and Prevent the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers have discovered new methods that could improve treatment for infectious diseases by enabling earlier detection of influenza outbreaks and curtailing inappropriate antibiotic usage. The findings were presented today at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego.

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Texas Tech Names New RISE Director

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Brittany Todd Texas Tech University has named Brittany Todd, associate director of the Office of Student Conduct, as director of the Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) office. She will begin in the new position today (Aug. 1), filling the spot left when Kimberly Simón was named the university’s Title IX administrator in April.

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Novel Genetic Test Could Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic by Identifying Patients at Risk of Addiction

Researchers have shown that a new genetic test could potentially help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic by predicting which patients are at risk of abusing prescription opioids. These findings were presented for the first time at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego.

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Novel Studies Deliver Crucial Insight on Opioid and Overall Drug Abuse Trends in U.S., Canada

A new study shows that a change in policy placing more restrictions on all hydrocodone-containing drugs has successfully decreased the use of certain opioids such as Vicodin. This research and a second study illuminating regional drug use trends in Canada were announced today at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, and could help to guide future strategies for combatting addiction.

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Undocumented Immigration Doesn’t Worsen Drug, Alcohol Problems in U.S., Study Indicates

Despite being saddled with many factors associated with drug and alcohol problems, undocumented immigrants are not increasing the prevalence of drug and alcohol crimes and deaths in the United States, according to a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Livestreaming Today: Star Trek Tricorder XPrize Winning Device Presentation

Press can register here to livestream this special session through Newswise Live on Monday, July 31 at 7:30 PM EDT

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New Frontiers in Genomic Engineering, Oncofertility, Public Health, and the Digital Health Revolution to Be Explored at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting

At the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo—the premier global conference and exhibit for laboratory medicine—visionaries in the field will illuminate the pioneering research and technology paving the way for better clinical testing and patient care. From July 30–August 3 in San Diego, the meeting will feature more than 200 talks on a broad range of timely healthcare topics. Highlights of these include plenaries that explore transforming biology using CRISPR engineering and new applications for DNA sequencing; preserving fertility in young people with cancer; how clinical testing can help solve public health crises; and a session that uncovers the precision diagnostics that are creating a digital health revolution.

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Stress + Alcohol Can Disrupt Cognitive Function, Impair Prefrontal Cortex

Drinking alcohol results in an alcohol use disorder (AUD) when consumption becomes excessive and dependence develops. Both stress and anxiety can contribute to the development of an AUD. Chronic stress can increase drinking, and chronic drinking can elevate anxiety and dysregulate normal responses to stressors. Behavioral flexibility and adaptive behavior – essential for controlling excessive drinking – are core functions of the prefrontal cortex (PFC), This study used mice to examine the effects of combined alcohol and stress exposure on PFC function.







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